Habana Vieja: At Night

Just 90 miles south of Miami, FL, the city of Havana Cuba is being transformed by a church that the government has spent 4 decades trying to snuff out.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
— Martin Luther King, The Strength to Love

On every trip there is the work I am commissioned to make and, inevitably, there is the work that begs to be made. This collection of images, is the latter.

For several days I worked from sunrise until well after dark and I was always amazed at the transformation that Havana would take on as darkness descended on the historic old town. It was a transformation that seemed to echo what I was learning during production of a series of short films I had been commissioned to make. So, after dinner at a local friends home, I went out from my hotel, on foot, and tried to capture this thing I was feeling.

Many look toward Cuba, just ninety miles south of Florida, and simply see the long dark night that descended on the island nation when Castro came to power — and communism with him. But that is only part of the story.

There is a growing light in Cuba, marked by the hope of a faithful body of Christian men & women. These brave Cubans suffer the threat of persecution because they daily devote themselves not to present realities of decay and isolation, but rather, to the promise that this broken world and it's political systems will one day be redeemed and, in fact, are being redeemed as their faith works itself out in their communities.

I had the opportunity to meet these people and witness this redemption at work, but for their safety, much of that work can't be published. However, here in this interplay between radiant light and the ubiquitous darkness, their beauty & love is quite plainly seen.

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